David Smith is a freelance photographer, illustrator, and graphic designer specializing in portraits and branding.
Armed with a degree in illustration, he landed a job working for a restaurant group and had to learn all elements of design quickly. Food and lifestyle photography is a specific craft but Smith says, "A can-do attitude and a YouTube account was all I needed to start learning the fundamentals. Little did I know that I was taking the first steps of what later would turn out to be a deep passion."
The practical worked well and Smith was promoted to Senior Designer, but his impulses were leading him in another direction. "I hadn't quite made that connection between art and photography until that point but that is precisely what photography is, art," he says. "Composition, colour theory, lighting, pose, and message were all considerations for getting the perfect shot. With a little bit of luck thrown in. " So he went freelance.
Smith insists that "It's still quite peculiar to me to be referred to as a photographer even though I have been practising for almost a decade now." He shoots a cross section of subjects: fitness, food, architecture, and people and animal portraits. But he obviously has an appreciation for the male form.
"I have a lot to thank photography for," he says. "It is perhaps one of the most visible and commercial forms of art available in the industry so there are great opportunities for exposure. I regularly post entries on community forums such as Gurushots, Viewbug and the Gay Photographers' Network." And he is still learning, saying, "I will continue to experiment, to observe and to create original works. And perhaps inspire a few people along the way."